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Corey Furgal appeared in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua for an arraignment Thursday, February 4, 2010.
Thursday, March 11, 2010

Man pleads not guilty in stabbing death

NASHUA – A bail hearing was continued Tuesday at Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua for a Merrimack man charged with second- degree murder in connection with a fatal stabbing from October.

Corey Furgal, 24, of 16 Bel Air Ave., has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder after police say he stabbed 20-year-old Christopher Vydfol, of Nashua, once in the chest at around 1:30 a.m. Nov. 1 during a party at 157 Bedford Road in Merrimack.

Vydfol died shortly after at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.

Furgal has been held without bail since his November arrest, but his defense attorneys claim the bail statute used in the case is unconstitutional.

The statute, found in section 597:1-c of the revised statutes, says that a person arrested for a crime that could be punishable by life in prison shall not be allowed bail, “if proof of guilt is evident or the presumption is great.”

Furgal’s defense attorneys Paul Borchardt and Joseph Malfitani say that statute is unconstitutional because it doesn’t consider whether or not Furgal individually presents a risk of flight or danger, according to documents filed with the court.

Judge William Groff granted a bail hearing to hear those claims for Tuesday, but the hearing was rescheduled due to a jury hearing on the same day.

A new date has yet to be set, but will be scheduled within the next 30 days, Groff said Tuesday.